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  1. On 12/12/2022 at 7:02 PM, wolfpavek1 said:

    The very quiet opening of big Ben was on a documentary last night with an over budget from 20million to 88billion for a clock tower 

    That's unbelievable who's in charge of the budget to be out to such an extent.



    Could it be... Common Purpose?


    How much does it actually cost to fix an old clock such as this?


    The 'actual work' itself may have only cost around half to a million pounds lets say.


    The rest gets siphoned off to 'contractors', and then of course all the project managers and 'consultants' that have to get involved.


    The problem is that many people don't bat an eyelid when it comes to such eye-watering sums of money that are being spent on restoring such things, or even on building and constructing new ones. "Oh that's how much these things cost nowadays".


    The restoration of Big Ben would have been a great episode of the BBC's "The Repair Shop" though...



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  2. On 12/23/2022 at 8:26 PM, Truthblast said:

    Lots of news stories today about a new wave of Covid ripping through China.


    Anecdotal evidence suggests that many hospitals are full and that there is a dire shortage of medicines in China:




    It's all bollocks, just a few days later we have this:


    Covid in China: People rush to book travel as borders finally reopen


    The easing of travel rules in China - the last part of the country's zero-Covid policy - comes as the country battles a new wave of infections.

    Resentment against the government's policy - which sparked rare public protests against President Xi Jinping in November - led to a relaxation of Covid restrictions across the country.

    But an increase in Covid cases followed, with reports of hospitals overwhelmed and a shortage of drugs.

    The announcement on outbound travel on Tuesday came after Monday's news, which axed quarantine rules for travellers arriving in China. It also scrapped a cap on the daily number of flights.

    On the same day, the National Health Commission announced that Covid would be formally downgraded to a Class B infectious disease on 8 January.

    From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-64102176



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  3. "Don't make a promise that you're not going to keep"


    This is why I stopped making 'New Years Resolutions' a few years back.


    I hear people say things like "oh I'm going to quit smoking in the New Year" or drinking, or to start going to the gym or do more exercise etc etc.


    To them I say, "why wait until then?" If you want to do something like that, why not start it now?


    And the people who say, "oh next year is going to be my year", why couldn't THIS year have been YOUR year instead?



    Me, I will just continue living each day as it happens...



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  4. 11 hours ago, alexa said:


    Only God/Jesus knows of the time & date. Not even Lucifer & the Angels know.

    Well you would say that. 🙄


    The Sun will do what it wants to do when it is good and ready.


    The Sun is the 'bringer of light', ie Lucifer. The Sun is also your 'son of God' (sun = son).


    You can cling to your misinterpreted texts all you want, the Bible is not what you think it is.

  5. 21 hours ago, Truthblast said:

    Over 2,000 flights cancelled, wind chill warnings, extreme cold warnings and similar issued to 150 million Americans:




    Hasn't the USA suffered from 'really bad winter weather' for the last few years?


    It's down to a weakening Jet Stream, and the more it 'undulates' the more you see colder air getting sucked down from the Arctic, as much as warmer air getting sucked up from the equatorial regions. That's the reason why in the UK we've had relatively 'mild' winters, we've gotten lucky if anything.

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  6. On 12/21/2022 at 1:11 AM, Observations said:

    Health Secretary Steve Barclay urges public to " take extra care " as ambulance workers walkout.


    Ambulance services declare critical incidents following " unprecedented " pressure ahead of Wednesday's strikes.


    To me, this is perfect common sense.


    If many people in general weren't such fucking stupid idiots, they wouldn't end up in A&E or need an ambulance.


    Then again, how much 'unprecedented pressure' is being caused because people demand ambulances to a hospital because they coughed or sneezed?



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  7. There is definitely an impending 'earth disaster' coming soon, but I think it is difficult to predict exactly when it will happen.


    I regularly watch Ben Davidson's Suspicious0bserver's YouTube videos, and while he believes 'something will happen' between 2030 and 2050, he's not ready to commit to any specific date, because it could just happen at any time.


    There are definitely patterns and cycles that reoccur, but these are in the timescale of the solar system and galaxy as a whole, rather than our own pinpoint to-the-minute concept of time here on Earth.


    And yes, valuable evidence can be gained which would suggest that such changes have happened before, the planet has flipped over and the position of the poles has changed. Melting of the polar ice caps, and the movement of the oceans due to crustal displacement has changed the way that continents and countries look.


    The 'great flood' described in the Bible (which Ben Davidson refers to as the 'Noah Event') could well have happened around 6000 years ago, and if so, we could be due another such cataclysmic event any time soon. (When though, is hard to say)


    Maybe such an event was what wiped out the dinosaurs. Or caused any number of mass extinction events.


    I have admiration for those people who are 'prepping' in order to survive the 'next one'.


    The thing is though I've reached an age, where I accept that this could all well happen in my own lifetime, the difference for me is that I am ready in my own way.


    I accept that there could well be some massive global disaster in the next 10 to 30 years. Would I want to 'survive' it? Probably not. I certainly hope that others might do so, but it would be extremely difficult and challenging for them.


    I don't intend to change my way of life, I will continue to do what I do, and enjoy my life.


    If the disaster starts tomorrow, I'm ready to face it. I accept my fate, I will stand there and let the waves crash over me. I've enjoyed my life and I'm ready to move on to the next plane of existence.


    I don't live in fear of what may happen, I'm ready to embrace it. In the meantime, I continue to enjoy what I have.



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  8. And just like that... then it was all over... just like the 'cold snap' 🤪


    Now back to the media telling everyone they've got no money to spend, while simultaneously telling them they should 'spend money' in order to 'save money' on useless gizmos and 'hacks'.


    "You can save 25p on your energy bills this Christmas by cooking your 'pigs in blankets' in an air fryer rather than using your oven, but if you don't have an air fryer you'll have to buy one for about £200, but think about how much money you're going to save and you're saving the planet and all that..."


    Because as soon as Christmas Day comes around, its all about the Boxing Day 'sales' and nothing else...


  9. 4 minutes ago, SimonTV said:


    It assumes that NASA or current time humans have been able to leave the earths atmosphere. Which is debatable on its own. If we accept all the tall tales about probes and similar then it seems more likely to be true but without evidence it is meaningless. 

    That is true, however an unsubstantiated claim made by an anonymous 'whistleblower' is not really evidence either.


    I used to work for NASA and I can tell you for a fact that the moon is actually made of cheese because I've seen it for myself. Now that I have told you this, I am likely to suffer from an 'unfortunate incident' which sees me having my hand introduced to a toaster, leaving me unable to type out any more of my revelations on an internet message board.


    Still believe me? 😉

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  10. 7 hours ago, Mr H said:

    Now considering what is going on in the world, this is the best shite they can headline?


    Rest day on the attack of the minds of the sheeple. 


    Over the last few days, I've noticed even more that the main headlines on even the BBC News website are just bullshit.


    No doubt they are just trying to distract as many people as they can from what is really going on (whatever that is).

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  11. On 12/15/2022 at 11:01 AM, wolfpavek1 said:


    Just a couple of steps away from what Aldous Huxley described in his "Brave New World" novel.


    It starts with "designer babies" ("I want a brown baby like the other mums on the estate!" - The Slobs, Harry Enfield's TV Show, in case anyone thinks I am being racist)


    Then it quickly morphs into the 'state' deciding what type of babies should be born, in order to fulfil their pre-determined roles in a fully-ordered and managed society.

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  12. On 12/13/2022 at 10:10 PM, SimonTV said:

    Any less believable than NASA? 


    Where did you get the image from?


    There may be question marks about the credibility of NASA, but I tend to find that 'anonymous' posts on internet message boards claiming to be 'whistleblowers' making very unsubstantiated claims are even less credible.


    This kind of fabricated bullshit is what gives the 'real' conspiracy theorists and researchers a bad reputation, and makes us all look bad. But then again, that is probably the intention.

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  13. 1 hour ago, Fifth element said:

    Record cold is still possible if we have the high pressure sytems centered either over scandinavia or greenland as whats happened last fortnight..

    Looks like warming up sunday monday,I was hoping the cold would persist..


    Yes, Sunday and Monday should be relatively mild, then heading into Christmas the temps drop down to around average for the time of year.


    "I'm dreaming of a Wet Christmas..."



  14. Why?


    Calls for memorial at scene of frozen lake tragedy to honour Babbs Mill boys


     A church leader has praised the Kingshurst community for the extraordinary efforts of residents in the face of tragedy. Neighbours came together to support one another as three young boys died after getting into trouble in frozen water at Babbs Mill Park.

    The children - aged eight, ten and 11 - were killed in the tragedy while a six-year-old was fighting for his life. Searches were continuing as police needed to rule out the possibility others might have fallen in during the incident.

    Rev Mandy Harris, from the St Barnabas' Anglican Church on the Solihull estate, said she was struck by the sense of community during a week that had been "marked by tragedy". She moved to the area in January.

    From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/calls-memorial-scene-frozen-lake-25741017


    You'll have to forgive my seeming callousness or lack of sympathy, but these children were idiots, who lost their lives through their own selfish and reckless actions.


    It is always tragic when someone loses their life, but sometimes the 'blame game' has to come to an end. Where were their parents while their children were 'playing' on the ice? Why did these children not know about the dangers of playing on ice? As I said earlier on, when I was a child I heeded warnings about frozen ponds and pools, that was over forty years ago.


    By all means, please applaud and congratulate those brave emergency service workers who did what they could to rescue these children, and offer your condolences to those who have lost loved ones.


    But should we really be getting into memorialising and celebrating people who were basically idiots?

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  15. In my lifetime, December 2010 is probably the coldest winter I can vividly remember.


    Around mid-December, about a week and half before Christmas, we had a load of snow, and then after that, temperatures barely went above freezing for the next three weeks. Even in Birmingham, we had overnight lows of minus 12 to 17 degrees C.


    Pavements were difficult to walk on, as the snow refused to thaw and just became compacted as people walked on them.


    I was living at the time in a flat which had no central heating, and a draughty window in my bedroom - it was UPVC double-glazed but part of the mechanism was bent so the top section didn't close fully, there was a visible gap, which I tried sealing with a bit of cloth stuffed in.


    There was a gas fire in the living room and in the bedroom. The flat had coin-operated gas and electricity meters, so I had to keep a supply of pound coins handy to keep them topped up. I'd get home from work, and the indoor thermometer I had bought was registering 12 degrees C inside. I bought a convector heater with a 24hr timer, so I could at least programme it to come on just before I got home from work, and before I got up in the morning.


    It was that cold, one Saturday morning I woke up to find a load of police cordon tape between our house and the next-door neighbours, it turned out that someone had collapsed in the street and died on the pavement.


    At work, we had huge dangerous icicles hanging from the roof of our building, right over the side entrance - it was a bit nerve-wracking going outside for a smoke!


    I went to spend Christmas at my parents, and slept in their extension, while it was minus 10 outside, the extension didn't have central heating either, just an oil-filled electric radiator.


    December 2010, THAT was a fucking cold winter, and this one doesn't compare in the slightest. I was relatively poor at the time, and I survived.


    Maybe that's why I'm not so bothered by the cold weather now, okay I don't particularly like it admittedly, but compared to past experiences, December 2022 is nothing.





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  16. The below is reproduced from an email newsletter I received today from UKIP:


    According to 
    https://www.netweather.tv/weather-forecasts/uk/winter/winter-history the last two decades have been unpredictable during winter.
    2000/1 Late December 4” snow in Glasgow and 8” in Belfast. January & February 12 to 24” of snow around the country.

    2001/2 Virtually no snow at all.

    2002/3 No snow in December. Some snow across the country in January and February.  -15C with wind-chill in February.

    2003/4 Snow in October and late December.  Countrywide blizzard in late January. 10” snow in SW England and Wales in mid-March.

    2004/5 Midlands snow mid-November. White Christmas in north and west. Well below average snow February & March.

    2005/6 Snow in SW England 25th November and in Midlands and northwest on 28th November. Heavy snow on 12th March in the west. Further snow in April.

    2006/8 Virtually devoid of snow both winters.

    2008/9 Coldest winter since 1995/6.

    2009/10 Temperatures 2 to 3C below average. Coldest winter since 1978.

    2010/11 Temperature 5C below normal for 100 years. Snow through December and Christmas countrywide.

    2011/12 Some snow late October. Snow in north mid-December. Heavy snow across country in March. Localised snowfall in May.

    2012/13 Long snowy winter starting in late October. Generally colder than average well into June.

    2013/14 Wet with flooding. No snow except in Scottish Highlands.

    2014/15 Little snow. Midlands and northern England wet snow on Christmas day.

    2015/16 Mild and wet. Brief snowfalls in southeast in November and December. Snow also January through to April.

    2016/17 Mild with relatively light snow in January.

    2017/18 Cold and snowy December over most of the country. West country has 8-12” of snow in February.

    2018/19 Mild and relatively snow free.

    2019/20 Another mild winter. Some snowfalls on high ground November through to January in various parts of the country.

    2020/21 Cold and snowy all winter. Minimum temperature -23C at Braemar 11 February. Lowest in UK since 1995.

    2021/22 A mild winter again.

    2022/23 Cold snap at -10C mid-December. Satellite images of northern hemisphere show highest snow cover for decades.  Looks like being a cold one.

    Is this Global Warming or Climate Change? 
    Unfortunately, the UK Meteorological Office doesn’t comprehend the difference between climate and weather.  Even though as island nations our weather has high variability, which is why we are always talking about it, there is no trend towards warming and even some really deep snowfalls and low temperature events that haven’t been witnessed for 100 years. This is just typical UK weather.
    Antony Nailer
    UK Independence Party - Spokesman for the Environment

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  17. I haven't read The Light for a while now - I seem to remember a while back reading some whispers about them not being all they claim to be.


    While catching up on Vernon Coleman's website the other week, I came across the following in one of his 'Passing Observations' series of articles:



    For those who are wondering, I stopped writing for The Light newspaper after I felt a pain in my back and discovered a blade had been thrust therein by the editor (Darren Smith/Nesbitt). I’m grateful that it was a figurative back stabbing rather than something more literal. Darren asked me to write a special feature on vegetarian eating to run alongside a feature promoting meat. I agreed, on condition that neither writer saw the other’s article – or knew who’d written it. But Darren broke the agreement and told the other writer my identity as writer of the pro-vegetarian article. He seems to have disapproved of the fact that I am vegetarian. I have been a vegetarian for over 30 years (long before the idea of replacing meat with plant based foods, which is part of the Great Reset was even thought of) – because I love animals and don’t want to eat them – and deliberately chose to publish and promote a personal attack on me. I found the betrayal particularly disappointing and hurtful because I had given the paper eighteen months of free columns, much of my time, endless advice and a good chunk of money. And I’d promoted the paper and Darren endlessly. Why do I so often find myself mourning the loss of honour and respect? From the point of view of a combatant in a war for survival, I found it all rather sad, unnecessary, pointless and damaging. And personally, after years of abuse from the conspirators, I found it unforgivably cruel. I’ve been opposed to eating animals for decades. Over 30 years ago I bought back a contract to write a series of books for a major publisher because they wanted me to endorse meat eating in a book on food. (Having bought back the series I published Food for Thought myself – and devoted it to vegetarian eating.)

    From: https://vernoncoleman.org/articles/passing-observations-132



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  18. When I started this topic last year, I lamented about how the weather was reported in the local media was a reflection on how people have been 'dumbed down'.


    It's not just the local media, now even the BBC has a 'current thing' section on its News homepage:


    Most people now seem unable to work out for themselves what is happening, and now desperately 'need' the media to tell them what to think.


    Of course, this all ties in nicely with what's been building up over the last few months: energy price rises, the "cost of living crisis", Liz Truss' "reckless" Budget causing interest rates to rise etc.


    The same media that is relentlessly telling everyone that no-one has any money to spend and can't afford anything, also collaborates with big retailers and brand names to urge them to spend money on 'hacks' and gadgets/devices that will 'save them money'.


    People are being frightened by the media into being afraid or fearful of things that occur naturally, ie the weather.


    And people are easily fearful of things they don't understand. The fact that so many people don't understand how weather works has to be very concerning, and goes to show that the 'dumbing-down' techniques employed over the last few decades are proving to be quite successful.


    When I was a child, some forty-odd years ago now, people were warned about the dangers of trying to walk on frozen pools/lakes/rivers - the ice could crack and you'd fall into freezing cold water and would probably die.


    Yet here we are in December 2022, and the top story on the BBC News site is the tragedy that three young boys have died after walking on an icy lake.



    Seems not much has changed since I was their age...

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  19. Yes, people are still this stupid.


    Solihull: Search continues after people pulled from icy lake


    A search and rescue operation is under way after police said a number of people pulled from a lake near Solihull in freezing temperatures are in a critical condition.

    West Midlands Fire Service said reports suggested people had been playing on the ice at Babbs Mill Park, and fell through.

    It said people had received treatment before being taken to hospital.

    Emergency service workers have gathered on Fordbridge Road in Kingshurst.

    The fire service said it was leading the rescue operation, and that further details would be released when appropriate.

    From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-63937739




    "Reports from the scene and videos on social media indicate that people had been playing on the ice on a pond and had fallen through."

    From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/fire-crews-search-babbs-mill-25726634


    I hope all those 'likes' and comments on your videos were worth ending up in hospital for.


    Smartphones make people dumb.

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  20. BBC fails to answer the question at hand...


    Isn't December always chilly?


    Temperatures in the UK were about average for December until Tuesday - with daytime highs between 8C (46F) in southern England and 5C (41F) in Scotland - but they have now dropped substantially.

    From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-63893192


    The correct answer is of course "yes".



    The UK is in the grip of a spell of severe cold weather, with snow and ice warnings in place in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the east coast of England.

    Forecasters think we're likely to be experiencing icy temperatures until at least early next week and maybe beyond that, but what's causing the cold snap and should we be surprised?


    "Experts predict the cold conditions may continue until Spring" 🤪


    What's causing the 'cold snap'? Umm, something to do with it being WINTER in the northern hemisphere.


    "Should we be surprised?" - NO because this happens EVERY YEAR at the same time EVERY YEAR.


    It's called WINTER!





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  21. This is sad news, but does anyone else find this a bit 'odd'?


    Ruth Madoc: Hi-de-Hi! actress dies aged 79

    Ruth Madoc


    Actress Ruth Madoc, who starred in the BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, has died aged 79, her agent says.

    Her agent said she died in hospital on Friday afternoon after surgery for a fall she had earlier in the week.

    Phil Belfield of talent agency Belfield & Ward Ltd described her as a "unique talent loved by many".

    He paid tribute to her "iconic" TV performance as Gladys Pugh in the 1980s comedy Hi-de-Hi!, about a holiday camp in the late 50s.

    "It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of our dear and much loved client Ruth Madoc," he said in a statement.

    From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-63927507


    The rest of the article is the usual tributes and condolences, but what I'm most interested in is the second line of the article only.


    She had a 'fall' earlier in the week, which required some surgery as a result, and then she subsequently 'died' on Friday afternoon.


    What gives? OK, at the age of 79 she's probably no spring chicken, but still, who expects to die following surgery after having a fall?


    I could understand her death if she had been seriously ill for some time, but something doesn't seem right about this.


    NHS medical negligence? A botched surgical operation? Deliberately 'bumped off'?


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